Thursday, August 03, 2006

Indy Murder Rate Up 37%!

A recent string of murders has pushed Indianapolis' murder rate up 37% over where the city stood at this point one year ago. The Star reports that the city has suffered from 81 murders this year compared to 59 a year ago this same date. Four homicides occurred in the last 24 hours. The city was horrified by the execution-style killing of 7 family members earlier this summer on the near eastside Hamilton Street neighborhood. At the current rate the city could see a record 140 murders by year's end. Here's IPD's reaction:

A deadly 24 hours in the city has puzzled investigators, who find themselves trying to understand what led to a spate of as many as four killings.

There were no quick answers to stopping the homicides. Deputy Chief Tim Foley of the Indianapolis Police Department said that while officers can work closely with neighborhood groups to deter some crimes, murders are impossible to predict.

“When I was a kid … people punched each other in the nose,” Foley said. “They don’t do that anymore. They pull guns and shoot each other.”

It's an election year so look for the blame game to begin soon. Republicans will blame Sheriff Anderson and Mayor Peterson for a failure of law enforcement. And Democrats will blame Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi for a failure of prosecuting enough criminals and keeping them off the streets.

4 comments:

abdul said...

Gary,

I also hear Brizzi's budget may be cut by 5 percent, along with the other County Public safety offices. Stay tuned.

Abdul

Anonymous said...

Abdul
Are you some sort of spokesperson for the Brizzi campaign? Why are you just mentioning him and why would you have information about the prosecutors budget?

lori said...

Another night of murder in Indy. 5 more dead.

Toad734 said...

In Indiana you can buy a gun at Wal-mart. Go figure. Can't buy Alcohol on Sundays but buy as many guns as you want. That makes a lot of sense.